About Destroyer

Destroyer and its adjoining projects represent over ten years of independent publishing in the area of art and politics. The publications are focused on LGBT history, freedom of expression and cultural criticism:

“A cultural critic is a critic of a given culture, usually as a whole and typically on a radical basis.”

Destroyer (2006 – 2010) was published in 10 issues and featured extensively in the media, as well as in academic works. One doctoral dissertation describes Destroyer’s relevance thus:

“The tension along the culturally determined barrier between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sexual expressions is demonstrated in the scandal of Destroyer magazine and the outrage it sparked within gay rights debates.”

The reactions to Destroyer were collected and published in the book Gay Man’s Worst Friend – the Story of Destroyer Magazine (Entartetes Leben, 2010).

Destroyer is a piece of modern LGBT history.

Other publications

Breaking Boy News (2011 – 2014)

Breaking Boy News (ISBN 9789187773020) was an art project that combined real news with unrelated images, in the form of a newspaper, a magazine, and a website.

The project explored the concept of “Entartete Kunst” (degenerate art), i.e. the art and expressions that were condemned and banned by the Nazis in 1930s’ Germany, and aimed to ask the reader to consider which expressions are treated in a similar way today.

Breaking Boy News was written about by Vice Magazine in 2012 and exhibited by Isabella Bortolozzi Gallery in Berlin in 2015-2016.

The book about Breaking Boy News is available at all university libraries in Sweden, including the Royal National Library.

The Lover (2015 –)

The Lover (ISSN 2365-4007) is a modern journal of sexual politics, history and culture, launched in October 2015. The magazine is focused on LGBT history and culture.

The Lover has been categorized by the German National Library as sociology and anthropology. It’s available at LGBT bookshops throughout Germany, and has been included in the archive of Schwules Museum in Berlin.

Disclaimer

The cover design and aesthetics in general of our publishing may upset some people. Please be advised that there is a serious context of art and politics. Our books and magazines are reviewed and discussed on the arts and culture pages of major newspapers, as well as in art journals and LGBT press worldwide. All our publications are available at the national library of the country where they were published.

Reactions to our publications are continuously collected and may be published.

We are not interested in image exchanges of any kind and ignore all such requests.

2 thoughts on “About Destroyer

  1. I Googled Apollonian Fascism to link to your site. I presume you’re aware of the great American intellectual Camille Pagila. Well, in her 1991 book Sexual Personae, she writes of the powerful allure of young male sexuality.

    Clearly, this was worshiped in Classical Greece, and to a lesser extent, in Ancient Rome.

    But try as it might, Christianity has never quite stamped out the natural tendency of both men and women to be awed by the powerful sexual energies of these beautiful youth.

    Sorry to learn your Swedish bank might as well exist as if it were the 1930s in Europe.

    thanks for the four years of hard work you put into this effort.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Jack. Funny you mention Paglia spontaneously without knowing much about the magazine. In fact, she’s somewhat of a resident philosopher whose ideas permeate all issues of Destroyer. The title of the magazine is taken from chapter 20 in Sexual Personae.

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